Galian

Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo

Medium: Resin, synthetic metal powder, mineral mounted on wooden panel
Size of work: 150 x 450 x 15 cm (triptych)

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As part of a new body of work by Sunaryo, Galian presents an exploration into inserting a three-dimensional aspect to his painting practice. In this work, Sunaryo utilizes emery minerals, copper, and bronze in heated liquid form, and encapsulates these pigments within resin. The constituent constructs behind its making as well its visual form is inspired by natural processes that shape minerals, as well as its corresponding refinements. There is a certain aspiration attempts to capture a dialogue of sorts between nature and man as it relates to metals. The gestural forms inherent to its composition include splashes and squeegee pulls, but in this case there seem to be sculptural forms in the shape of tears that have been reintegrated into the work itself. The work incorporates a certain volume, mass, and surface complexity, which invites introspection from a number of vantage points in order to be understood more comprehensively.

About the Artist

Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo (b. 1978) is an artist based in Bandung, Indonesia and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting from the Bandung Institute of Technology (2001) and a Master’s of Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London (2005). He is particularly interested in the utilization of resin as a medium that conserves minerals, pigments, and other particles. He concentrates on the idea of expanding painting through investigating its core constituencies and forms. Recently his practice has begun to incorporate elements of video and new media, as well as sculpture.

Arin’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in South East Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York back in 2013. He was also nominated as a finalist for Best Emerging Artist using Painting by the Prudential Eye Awards in 2015. Recently, his works were featured in ARGO, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (2019); after taste at Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, Australia (2017) Silent Salvo at ARNDT Gallery, Berlin (2015), and were included in Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 and Biennale Jogja XIV: Age of Hope in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.